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Farnborough Day 3: Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus Report 150+ Orders at Airshow

Farnborough Day 3: Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus Report 150+ Orders at Airshow

The Farnborough International Airshow, which opened Monday, continued as tens of thousands of people, including airline executives and aircraft manufacturers, flocked to an airfield in rural England to see the aviation industry’s newest planes and place orders for them.
The biggest news Wednesday was Qatar Airways’ order for 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The order includes the purchase rights for an additional 50 and the total value of the announcement is $37.7 …

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

On the eve of the start of the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, Airbus is said to be discussing advanced plans for an upgraded A330 with potential customers.
The new A330 would be an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.  It would be 14% more fuel efficient, according to various reports, and have far greater range.  The news was first reported in the Wall Street …

Inmarsat to Offer EU-Wide In-Flight Internet Services

Inmarsat to Offer EU-Wide In-Flight Internet Services

Inmarsat, a British satellite telecommunications company that provides mobile voice and data services, announced plans Thursday to build a combined satellite/air-to-ground network that will support high-speed in-flight Internet across the European Union.
The satellite is expected to be delivered for launch towards the end of 2016, so the new in-flight Internet services will begin to appear in 2017.  British Airway is reportedly in talks to become the launch customer.
The airline said …

London Underground Union Workers to Stage Strikes

London Underground Union Workers to Stage Strikes

Two UK transportation unions – the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) – called for two 48-hour strikes.  The strikes will affect London Underground (Tube) service in the next two weeks.
The strikes are in response to a number of changes announced for London Underground, most notably of which will eliminate the majority of Tube ticket offices and nearly 1,000 jobs.
Members of the two …

UK to Increase Air Departure Tax in April

UK to Increase Air Departure Tax in April

The British government announced plans Friday to increase its air departure tax effective April 1.  Known as the Air Passenger Duty, the cost will increase for medium- and long-haul flights.
The tax, which is added onto the cost of a ticket, will go from £67 to £69 for a traveler flying in economy class from the U.K. to Canada or the U.S., for example, almost $113 at Friday’s exchange rate.  A …

Finnair Entry to British Airways, JAL Joint Business Venture Gets Green Light

Finnair Entry to British Airways, JAL Joint Business Venture Gets Green Light

The planned addition of Finnair to the joint business venture between British Airways and Japan Airlines was approved Wednesday by Japanese regulators.  The arrangement will allow the three airlines to share revenue and coordinate flight schedules and fares on flights between Europe and Japan.
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism granted antitrust immunity to the three-way joint business venture, allowing the plan, first announced in July, to move forward.
The …

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Expands Global Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Expands Global Entry

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced that it expanded eligibility for its Global Entry international trusted traveler program on August 9.  Eligibility for the program has been increased to include citizens of South Korea who are participants in the Smart Entry System (a trusted traveler program in that country) and a limited number of citizens of Qatar..
The CBP had previously opened up Global Entry to small numbers of …